(Closed) how late is too late for a reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would take your pictures before the ceremony. Might not have been what you always envisioned but in this situation it seems like the only thing you can do. I don’t think a 7 o’clock wedding is too late though.

Post # 4
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

On a Saturday that is not too late at all!  Photographers can do amazing things at night time and I would talk to your photogrpaher about this.  You can also take many photos getting ready, etc before the wedding in the daylight. 

I don’t think it’s up to you to entertain your guests while you’re having photos.  Let them choose whether they get a drink somewhere, go back to their hotels, hang out, whatever!  Otherwise you could provide refreshments for them at the reception but I don’t think that’s essential.

Post # 5
1939 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you have the wedding that late, I think its unfair to the guests to do pictures after the ceremony. If you are ok with doing a first look and getting the pictures before the ceremony, i think its doable. Honestly, anytime you want to have the reception is fine, but if you have it this late, in my opinion you should: provide appetizers before dinner is served to tide guests over, serve dinner as soon as possible, and not be offended if people choose to leave early. I for one, am not a night owl, so it seems like dinner in this scenario wouldn’t even start until 9 pmish, and the wedding itself wouldn’t start until 10 or 11. Be prepared that not all people will be willing to stay throughout the entire festivities. If this were me (and I was in the position once…not that the reception was that late, but that dinner was served very late so it may as well have), I stayed until after the first dances and then left. 

Also, I think all this goes out the window if you are planning on inviting children. Feeding children dinner at 9 pm is asking for trouble if you ask me.

Hope it all works out, though. Good lucK!

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